Posts Tagged ‘HVAC’

ATETV Episode 9: Women in Science

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

This week we have two stories about bringing more women into science and engineering — and one of them involves some pretty cool lasers!

First, we visit with female students and educators at Florence-Darlington Technical College in South Carolina. Many of the ATE students here are male, but administrators are making progress attracting more women. “If you can present education in a way that taps into those natural abilities of females, then they can excel in ways they never thought they could excel,” says Elaine Craft, Director of South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (SC ATE) and an ATETV advisor.

In neighboring North Carolina, Central Carolina Community College is attracting female students by offering them a free education. “All females can go to school for free: free tuition, free books,” explains CCCC’s Gary Beasley. “You can’t beat that.” We profile Katie Renshaw, a student in CCCC’s lasers and photonics program where she gets to work with some amazing equipment, including a laser powerful enough to burn a block of wood!

This week, we also meet Kevin Ross, who is studying HVAC at Benjamin Franklin Technical Institute in Boston. Kevin had been out of school for 20 years before he was laid off. Now he’s studying to become a licensed HVAC technician. His story highlights the crucial role that technician education programs play in helping workers update their skills to adapt to the demands of a changing economy.

ATETV Episode 8: Underwater Robots, HVAC, and Online Learning

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ATETV episode 8 is up, and this week we’re looking at how community colleges are using online courses to better meet the varied schedules and learning styles of their students. Check out our separate blog post on the subject, where we get into some of the details with Dr. Matthew Olson, Director of Online Learning at Middlesex Community College.

We also feature two very different ATE success stories. First, we go poolside at the MATE International ROV Competition, where teams of students design, build and operate underwater robots. Jill Zande, who helps organize the annual event, says that the learning is as much about teamwork as it is technical skills. “They’re challenged to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world,” she tells us.

We also profile Hayden Mark, who is studying HVAC at Benjamin Franklin Technical Institute in Boston. Originally from Grenada, Hayden came to Boston three years ago. He’s studying HVAC — Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning — to provide a better life for his three (soon to be four) children. Completing his coursework will knock 2000 hours off his required apprenticeship, which means Hayden will be able to be working in his chosen field even faster.

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